Additional £26m funding won for M1-A6 link road in Bedfordshire
Further funding has been secured by a local authority to ensure continued progress of a proposed major link road.
Last week Central Bedfordshire Council was granted an additional £21.75m allocation from the Government’s third round of local growth funding for the M1-A6 link road.
Last year the Government confirmed a sum of £11m to kick-start the project and now this extra money from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), alongside private development funding, will make up the difference to the £55m scheme.
The proposed link road would be 4.4km long, effectively forming a northern bypass for Luton connecting into the new Junction 11a of the M1, and it is hoped this road will help the area deliver significant growth.
Councillor Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration at CBC, said: “The Council has underwritten this project to advance its delivery and therefore welcomes this announcement.
“Central Bedfordshire is an area of high growth potential, with significant demand for jobs and homes. Building this road is part of our coordinated strategic approach to unlocking our logistics network to generate and support sustainable growth in the region.”
He added: “A new road linking the M1 at the new junction 11a with the A6 will not only help boost the economic growth of the immediate area, including Luton Airport, but will also help growth in Houghton Regis, Leighton Linslade, and Dunstable, whilst relieving the current pressures on local roads and communities.”